Storage is a never ending struggle in my house. It’s a reasonably sized semi built in 1960, but I feel that it misses those tiny nooks and crannies that older houses have. That said, I would probably fill them with more stuff!
Over the past couple of years I’ve become really interested in minimalism, I’ve often felt that it can be detrimental to surround yourself with lots of stuff and I do feel it can make you unhappy. I’m quite a sentimental person though, so I have always held on to things that have certain meanings or connections to events in my life. Part of minimalism is letting go of those connections and trying to build your life around experiences.
In spite of my efforts to clear the clutter I still feel like I’m constantly picking up and putting away. Even if you try to be ruthless, there is a certain amount of stuff that you need to get through everyday life. I love the idea of a place for everything and everything in its place and that’s what I aspire to. However, it’s then a question of trying to strike the balance between having enough storage space and not having too much furniture in your house!
The main areas I struggle with are coats, shoes and books. Firstly we don’t have a proper porch so there is always a pile of shoes between the front door and the interior door. It’s not big enough for a cupboard, but I have a little shelving unit and a basket in there. We do have an understairs cupboard too, which is ok but because it is quite narrow, I never feel we really maximise the space. As a family, we all love reading and as a result we have a lot of books! We all find it hard to part with books and whilst both girls have collections of fiction and picture books, me and the husband have books relating to a variety of interests including football, history, Spanish and Catalan grammar and literature to name a few.
Anyway I had a little trawl around to see what is available in cupboard land at the moment.
There is something about this cabinet from Wayfair. I like it’s quirky style, the legs give it a bit of a retro feel. I am always a fan of white and wood together, perhaps it goes back to my yearning to have a house in the Hamptons. Like that is ever going to happen. More chance of me having a house in Northamptonshire!
I’m quite a fan of still having stuff on display (depending what it is of course), so I do find my eye is drawn towards display cabinets as opposed to a traditional cupboard with full doors.
From one extreme to another. For a while now I have lusted after this gorgeous pantry cupboard from Laura Ashley and it is practically half price which is a total bargain. Sadly it will never be mine for two reasons. Firstly off the mortgage must take priority. Secondly and probably most importantly, this would probably fill my entire kitchen and I don’t fancy the chances of the girls having to scale it’s heights to put their dishes in the sink! Still it is nice to dream. This is the cupboard of all cupboards. Other cupboards tremble in it’s presence!
I’d have to buy a new house just to have it. Seems a bit drastic, but it is an organiser’s paradise though!
You might like more of an urban feel in your home. What about this red beauty from Ikea? Practical and sturdy, it would add an accent of colour to a more modern interior. It’s available in red, white and blue so you have a choice.
Of course it would look just as good in a teen’s bedroom and give them somewhere to hide all their dirty laundry and used mugs!
I’m not actually a huge fan of buying new, I found this lovely piece on Etsy. Natural wood never goes out of fashion and often by buying a vintage piece you get more quality for your money (although if the 1970s are vintage that obviously means that I am way past my sell by date!)
Apart from anything I love the way that the seller has styled this photo, so creative and eyecatching. I love to have a good browse around Etsy and it’s good to support small businesses and crafters (I used to be one myself). Plus, you can find really unique things that you won’t find elsewhere.
And as for my own house, this is my bargain piece of Ducal furniture, a double display unit that I bought second hand for £60 about 3 years ago. Having found out I was pregnant, we needed to turn the study into a nursery and so all the books up there needed somewhere to live downstairs. I love this. It fits perfectly into the dining room and you can fit so much in it.
Having been made in the 1980s, I think it might even be classed as vintage. Almost!